Legal Counsel

The Legal & Compliance Unit aims to support AECF’s mission by providing strategic, efficient, and innovative legal services.

AECF seeks to recruit an exceptional individual to fill the Legal Counsel position responsible for providing legal support in the legal and compliance function.

This role will report to the Head of Legal & Company Secretary.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide legal advisory services to AECF and its stakeholders on all aspects of law and investment portfolio while ensuring proper representation of the organization in all legal matters.
  • Provide legal support through AECF’s transaction lifecycle by advising on transaction structures, providing deal negotiations support, documentation support, and drafting and advising on legal documents, including interim agreements, while ensuring effective documentation of legal terms and conditions.
  • Leading in the drafting and negotiating complex agreements, including funding agreements, collateral documents, term sheets, inter-creditor agreements, consortium agreements, transaction advisory agreements, downstream partner agreements, and other consulting and service provider agreements.
  • Support the portfolio and investments teams in structuring and compiling contract documentation to ensure completeness and accuracy and drafting/reviewing information memorandum and legal deal negotiation documents.
  • Review and understand all laws and regulations relevant to AECF portfolio companies across Sub-Sahara Africa and AECF’s governing documents to ensure transaction compliance.
  • Undertake legal assessments and interpretations and advise senior management on compliance including regulatory and donor compliance, while providing recommendations and representation on day-to-day operational matters.
  • Continuously analyze in-country and cross-border regulatory issues affecting AECF, communicate effectively with internal key stakeholders, and support the development of strategies and plans to mitigate any non-compliance risks arising therefrom.

Suitable candidates should possess:

  • A Bachelor of Laws degree and a postgraduate diploma in law/legal practice certificate.
  • A minimum of 6 to 8 years post-admission experience working at a commercial-oriented law firm or international organization.
  • Experience presenting to senior management and at the board of directors level.
  • Substantial experience in leading financing transactions, including drafting and negotiating a wide range of finance documents, including LMA-based finance documents and complex legal agreements.
  • Have excellent organizational and prioritizing skills with the ability to manage multiple work demands while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including strong work ethic, impeccable integrity, and judgment.
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining strong collaborative relationships with colleagues and partners. Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work accurately with creativity.

How to apply

The AECF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. AECF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training, or other fees).

If you believe you can demonstrate your abilities to meet the relevant criteria for the role, register and apply at

To be considered, your application must be received by April 19, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About AECF

AECF (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund) is a leading non-profit development organisation that supports innovative enterprises in the agribusiness and renewable energy sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient communities, and creating jobs.

We catalyze the private sector by surfacing and commercializing new ideas, business models and technologies designed to increase agricultural productivity, improve farmer incomes, expand clean energy access, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the effects of climate change. We finance high-risk businesses that struggle to access commercial funding; we are committed to working in frontier markets, fragile contexts, and high-risk economies where few mainstream financing institutions dare to go.

To date, we have supported over 400  businesses in 26 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, impacted more than 30 million lives, created over 27,000 direct jobs, and leveraged US $771 million in matching funds.